"Hero of the Hudson" Pilot to Be Keynote Speaker at ASTA Global Convention

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The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has announced that Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger will offer the keynote address at the 2016 ASTA Global Convention (AGC) in Reno Tahoe.

Capt. Sullenberger is often referred to as the "Hero of the Hudson" for his grace under pressure on January 15, 2009, when he saved 155 lives by skillfully maneuvering his aircraft to land on the surface of the Hudson River. He is a safety expert, author, consultant, and serves as the CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert. He is also the founder and CEO of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc. The event will take place in Reno Tahoe September 25-28, three weeks after the scheduled release of a movie about his life, directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Tom Hanks as Capt. Sullenberger.

Those attending the ASTA Premium Business Summit at the Belmond Place in Charleston are taking home signed copies of Capt. Sullenberger's book, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters."


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This year's conference, which celebrates ASTA's 85th Anniversary, will be held at the Four Diamond Peppermill Resort. Several events exclusive to ASTA are planned, such as the black tie Advocacy Dinner. Attendees will have numerous opportunities to be outdoors and explore the entire area, such as on a cruise on Lake Tahoe, a brew bicycle tour, a Thunderbird Lodge kayak Tour, and an aerial tram of Squaw Valley.

Those who wish to attend AGC 2016 can register before March 1 for early bird rates. There will be opportunities for frontline selling agents to gain a new destination specialty, and learn from other educational sessions. International Members will have the chance to network with their U.S.-based counterparts, especially during a Global Travel Exchange @AGC, and exhibitors will meet with hundreds of agency owners and managers. ASTA's Premium and Corporate Advisory Council members also will be holding separate meetings during the conference.

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